Welcome to our cat portraits gallery, we specialise in paintings and drawings of cats in oil and pencil. Cats are one of our favourite animals to paint and we feel that their fur and eyes can be beautifully depicted using oil paints and graphite pencils. Nicholas specialises in the hand painted oil paintings of cats, and I, Melanie, create the traditionally hand drawn portraits of cats in pencil. Both oils and pencil capture cats perfectly.
We rely on our customers to take or provide really good photos of their cats for the portraits. If you are able to take photos of your cat yourself, taking photographs outside is the best way to capture your cats detail and fine fur. Also its great at capturing the sparkle in their eyes. Some of the portraits below show the cat outside, however if you wanted a studio style background, its still great to take photos of them outside, as it allows us to paint the light. Light in a painting or drawing is very important to help create the three dimensional form of your cat.
We have been painting and drawing cats for over 20 years and the cat portraits below, show just a handful from over the last few years. One of our favourite cat portrait commissions was of Puff, who loved sitting with his owner at the computer curled around his keyboard. One day Puffs owner took a quick snap of Puff in his favourite position and never though any more about it, until very sadly Puff passed away quite suddenly. The photo of Puff by the keyboard was found and was used as the basis for the oil painting. The portrait now hangs in their office, just behind the computer, where they can always remember their beautiful and characterful cat called Puff.
If you would like us to paint or draw your cat for you, don’t hesitate to send us your photos. Tell us about your cat and their characteristic - we love hearing about the cats we paint and draw. Don’t hesitate to contact us today »
If you would like to see some of our dog portraits in progress we post our portraits daily on our 'On the Easel Blog' so that you can see what we are getting up to in the studio. Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of our website too! On The Easel Blog »